Routine inspections keep your property in great shape and your tenants happy. Unfortunately not every property owner knows that inspections are one of the most important tasks. They don’t want to hire a professional to do it or conduct the inspections themselves. They think that inspections are a waste of money and time. They would rather wait until the tenant moves out to find out if something is wrong and repair it. This is one of the worst mistakes you can do as an owner. Routine Inspections are used to prevent problems before they become serious problems. There are countless nightmare stories where a small leak, mold or crack result in thousands of dollars of damage or even worse, beautiful houses being turned into drug labs or party houses. Routine Inspections are a way to protect your investment. 

What is a routine rental inspection? 

A routine rental inspection is when a landlord or the property manager periodically reviews the property inside and out to evaluate the condition of the property. The inspection is made while the tenant is present so they are informed of any issues that arise. Routine inspections allow you to stay on top of maintenance issues and gives tenants a chance to correct any damage they have caused before it gets worse.

It is important that as an owner when you make a lease agreement you add annual inspections. We recommend performing inspections at least twice a year. Another tip is to tell applicants you will be doing routine inspections this might help scare away a bad tenant. Regular property inspections and routine maintenance can save you thousands of dollars.  Rental inspections are an excellent time to check out the condition of the rental, check-in with your tenants and identify any potential problems or lease violations. 

Things to look out for:

– Mold growth

– General cleanliness

– Property damage

– Unauthorized pets
– Flooring stability (is it safe to walk on?)

– Additional tenants (if you find a room with 5 beds with only two tenants are renting)
– Visible water damage or watermarks
– Cracked or chipped windows
– Any exposed wiring or lighting
– Gutters
– Fence lines

An easy way to approach these inspections to tell your tenant that you are going to check if there are any maintenance or health and safety issues. This way they won’t feel like you are spying on them.  Make sure you have on your lease the right to inspect the property. Give tenants a 24-hour notice and keep excellent records of your inspections, including notes with dates and pictures. Inspection reports can also serve as-as legal document if anything happens to your rental home. At CRM Properties we want to make sure that your property is being maintained that a there are no outstanding maintenance issues that we need to be aware of. This is why we conduct thorough inspections and make detailed reports after each inspection. These inspections are important for your home, but also for the safety of your tenant.  We make sure to test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors during an inspection which is a benefit to your tenant in making sure they are living in a safe home.  It is a benefit to you because if something bad happens and you are in court you will have proof that the smoke detector was working on the date of the inspection.  Your goal is not to spy on the tenant, but make sure that they are living in a safe property and maintaining it well.  All the things you are checking on mold, smoke detectors working, illegal pets will make the house safer for the tenant. If you have any questions about our routine inspections or would like to know how many inspections our property management plans include please call (765) 459-8034

Bethan Johnson

Turn Coordinator

Bethan is a Property Manager Assistant. She performs all property inspection and evaluations, creates tenant invoices and oversees disposition of security deposits.

Why choose CRM Properties?

We have the best selection of homes in the Kokomo area. Our staff’s dedication to customer service leads to a swift response to maintenance and tenant questions.

 

What is your screening process?

We verify income with copies of pay stubs and verification from your employer. We check court records for any judgments and criminal activity. We also contact your previous landlords directly for a referral. We will verify that the person we call is actually your landlord.

 

Are pets allowed?

Most homes allow pets. We do have breed and size restrictions. We limit the number of allowed pets and you must provide proof of vaccinations on all pets. We charge an additional $25 per month and $150 additional deposit.

 

How much is the damage deposit?

The damage deposit is equal to one month’s rent. An additional $150 is required for all pets.

 

How long of a lease must I sign?

Our leases are typically one year. During winter months we structure our leases to expire during the spring.

 

How do I pay my rent?

You can pay rent in person with a personal check, cashier’s check or money order. You may set up an e-payment or direct deposit. You may also mail your rent or use our dropbox.

 

What happens if I can’t pay my rent on time?

We do not make arrangements on rent. Rent is due on the 1st of each month. Late fees start on the 5th. If we do not receive rent by the 15th we file an eviction. You may stop the eviction if you pay rent in full prior to the eviction date.

 

How are utilities handled?

Utilities are typically the tenant’s responsibility. Utilities must be transferred into the tenants name prior to signing the lease. If the tenant is responsible for the sanitation bill and fails to pay it, we reserve the right to increase the monthly rent and include sanitation in the rent.

 

What do I do if I have a maintenance request?

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Amanda Mendenhall

Leasing Agent

Amanda is our Leasing Agent. She oversees property showings and screens applicants.

Bethany Shoffner

Portfolio Manager

Bethany is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience.

Hannah Dobbins

Resident Service Coordinator

Julie Mullinax

Operations Manager

Julie is our Operations Manager. She oversees the staff and the day to day operations of our company.

Heather Johnson

Property Manager

Heather is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience

Jennifer Koenig

Resident Services Coordinator

Jennifer is our Office Assistant. She assists the Property Managers with all property and social media marketing.

Amanda Marshall

Maintenance Coordinator

Theresa Cain-Rush

Property Management Assistant

Darin Olson

Maintenance Manager

Darin is our Maintenance Manager. He investigates maintenance issues and offers suggestions and estimates for repairs.

Lynda Simpson

Bookkeeper

Lynda is our Bookkeeper. She handles all accounts payable and receivables. She also coordinates all owner and tenant billing.

Chris Mullinax

Broker Owner & New Business Development

As President and Owner of CRM Properties Chris helps generate new business and works on making sure the business is compliant with all local, state and national laws and ordinances.

Call us at (765) 459-8034 during business hours.

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